I made this quilt for a kitty-themed mini swap earlier this year and oh boy was I happy with it! So much so that I immediately thought of it when I saw a post about an online quilt festival, and I decided to enter.
My rainbow kitty will go into the mini quilt category of the twice yearly Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. Voting begins Friday, May 22 and the festival runs until May 29. Be sure to go to her blog and check out all the amazing entries, and vote too of course.
For my mini, I started with the popular cat face pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. I was also really into rainbows after joining a rainbow-themed swap and the three colours in my favourite tiger-kitty fabric from Cotton + Steel was a great starting point. (Sorry for some of the poor photos, but I didn't take progress shots with my real camera.)
Then I got out a pencil and notepad and started sketching ideas for blocks to go with the kitties. My partner said she likes "modern design with a hint of cat," so that really was my inspiration. I came up with a star for the middle (You can't go wrong with stars!) and then an arrangement of HST in different sizes for the corners. Each corner incorporated both colours from the adjoining cat block. I even had some fabric in my stash that incorporated both colours for the big triangles.
Here you can see better how I bridge the green and blue cat blocks:
Then I put them all together and got quilting! I used four colours of aurifil - teal, hot pink, orange and green - to match the colours of the sections.
I'm just so proud of this mini, especially since it is mostly my own design. And I even got the quilty math right on the first try!
This festival is such a great way to find amazing new blogs to read. Just click on the photos and you'll hop right to the blogger's post. And everyone can get involved by submitting a nomination for the viewer's choice award here. Now go look at some amazing quilts!